What you should know about the pumpkin shortage

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It’s fall, and one of the most popular vegetables is, of course, the pumpkin. 
 
They come in all different sizes, big, small and in between. At Southside Produce Market just off of Perkins Road, pumpkins are in high demand. 
 
“I guess it’s more of just personal taste because it’s all about decoration pumpkins and carving. So whichever one has a pretty side to carve on or whichever one looks the best in your house,” said Hayden Pizzolato of Southside. “It’s been a great year for pumpkins. We actually sold more than three trailer loads, which is somewhere around 100,000 pounds.” 
 
Pizzolato said getting the pumpkins was a bit of a challenge this year. 
 
“The beginning of the pumpkin season, we had a normal amount of pumpkins, just like any other year. Then a drought started around the Texas-New Mexico border, where we get a lot of our pumpkins. Then on the opposite side of that, another place where our suppliers are, are in Missouri, and they’ve actually had too much rain, that’s actually affected the crops in a negative way as well,” Pizzolato explained. 
 
Nationwide, pumpkin crops are down by half this year, according to CNN Money. In some areas of the country, that means the price of pumpkins are up. Luckily, not here in the Capital City.
 
“Just a normal pumpkin is $5.99 each, which is right about what we were at last year,” Pizzolato. 
 
They are selling small ones for 69 cents. According to the USDA, pumpkins are running about 33 cents a pound this year in South Central U.S. 
 
“We trying to keep our supply up. We’re doing the best we can with that. So hopefully, the volume will increase, and we can meet the demand,” Pizzolato concluded. 
 
Agricultural experts have some simple advice for consumers, get your pumpkins now, if you want them this season.
 

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